An outstanding overview that “summarizes what the recent scientific literature says are the key impacts we face in the coming decades” — rising temperatures, growing dust bowls, sea level rise, species loss, extreme weather, food insecurity.
“The possibility that unrestricted emissions of greenhouse gases might not do unimaginable harm to humanity has become vanishingly small. That’s because we remain near the worst-case emissions pathways, there is little prospect of national or global action any time soon, and many impacts are coming faster than the models projected.”
“The world is likely to build so many fossil-fuelled power stations, energy-guzzling factories and inefficient buildings in the next five years that it will become impossible to hold global warming to safe levels, and the last chance of combating dangerous climate change will be lost for ever.”
“Heavier rainfall, fiercer storms and intensifying droughts are likely to strike the world in the coming decades as climate change takes effect, the world’s leading climate scientists said… Rising sea levels will increase the vulnerability of coastal areas, and the increase in “extreme weather events” will wipe billions off national economies and destroy lives.”
The World Meteorological Organization said in a report on Monday that greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere have reached all-time highs, and the rate of acceleration is increasing too…. The U.S.’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its own report saying essentially the same thing: our effort to cut greenhouse gasses is failing.
“350 parts per million is what many scientists, climate experts, and progressive national governments are now saying is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere.”